Creating a relationship
with your reader
THE RHETORICAL TRIANGLE
ONE INSIGHT THAT THE RHETORICAL
The reader’s sense of writer’s
relationship to his/her topic results
from the writer’s choice of point of
view—in other words, from a sense of
intimacy OR distance in the relationship
between the writer and the reader.
POINT OF VIEW DEFINED
POV here means NOT simply your personal
opinion, but the way you project your
* First person (I, me, my, mine)
* Second person (you, your, yours)
* Third person (all other nouns and the
pronouns he, she, it/ him, her, them/ his, hers, its)
WHAT POINT OF VIEW IS THIS?
People often judge how successful themselves
or other people are based on what they “have,”
rather than on what they ‘do’. Even in the
dictionary, success is defined as “the attainment of
wealth, position, honors, or the like” All too often
people look to others around them to validate
whether or not they have been successful.
I believe success is a state of being, and it is always
relative. I believe it is important to feel successful
while striving to become more successful. Being
confident and proud does not cause someone to
become complacent; it drives them to have more
successes because they already know they can
accomplish the goals they set for themselves.
More than any other event in my life, one
experience has led me to believe this statement is
true: I was kicking a soccer ball around before I
could speak in complete sentences. During junior
high, I played on the school team. I have always
been an extremely competitive person. I love to
win; however the most successful game I have ever
had was one where not only did my team lose, but
I didn’t even play during the final quarter of the
EFFECTS OF FIRST PERSON
First person can create a close relationship
with the reader and ask him or her to see
the world your way. Some writers say first
person helps them create a more “honest”
However, first person can make a writer
sound too self-involved and biased. Such
viewpoints are often called “subjective.”
EFFECTS OF THIRD PERSON
Third-person voice establishes the greatest possible
distance between reader and writer
Use of this grammatical person announces that its
author, for whatever reasons, cannot afford too much
intimacy with an audience.
Third person communicates the fact that you
understand the requirement of professional
DESCRIBE THE POV OF THIS INTRO
When it comes to success, there are many
different viewpoints as to what it is or how it is
achieved. A widely accepted view on success is
hard work. It’s often believed that only through
hard work and determination that success will
become an outcome. It is also believed that success
is only determined when you’re rolling in the big
bucks and showing your bling! Bling!
WHAT ABOUT HERE?
I’m here to say otherwise; success isn’t really
success if you don’t feel successful.You don’t have
to look successful; you just have to feel successful.
To feel successful and truly be successful there are
three parts you should consider: hard work,
positive attitude, and interest. In this essay, I will
describe each of these and their role in success.
EFFECTS OF SECOND PERSON
The second person you has one of two effects depending
on how you is used in the sentence.
1. If you means a particular specific audience, it creates a
sense of a writer talking to a particular set of people
(and no others). SOMETIMES acceptable in
2. If you means “people in general,” it works as an
informal 3rd person. Don’t use in academic writing.
3. If you really means I, it works as a distancing first person.
Don’t use in academic writing.
HOW DO YOU ESTABLISH ETHOS NO
MATTER WHAT YOUR POINT OF VIEW?
By getting informed about your topic and
showing that you’ve thought about it.
By citing relevant facts and authoritative
sources to demonstrate that you’ve “done
ANOTHER IMPORTANT STRATEGY
Let your readers know why they should pay
attention to your document
Let your readers know what you want to
accomplish with your document
Be fair, be accurate, and be careful
Anticipate what your readers will need
to understand and believe you